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SubjectRe: Feedback on preemptible kernel patch
On Thu, 2001-09-13 at 22:47, Dieter Nützel wrote:
> > first, highmem is fixed and the original patch you have from me is good.
> > second, Daniel Phillips gave me some feedback into how to figure out the
> > VM error. I am working on it, although just the VM potential
> Good to hear.
> > -- ReiserFS may be another problem.
> Can't wait for that.
> > third, you may be experiencing problems with a kernel optimized for
> > Athlon. this may or may not be related to the current issues with an
> > Athlon-optimized kernel. Basically, functions in arch/i386/lib/mmx.c
> > seem to need some locking to prevent preemption. I have a basic patch
> > and we are working on a final one.
> Can you please send this stuff along to me?
> You know I own an Athlon (since yester Athlon II 1 GHz :-) and need some
> input...

Yes, find the Athlon patch below. Please let me know if it works.

> Mobo is MSI MS-6167 Rev 1.0B (AMD Irongate C4, yes the very first one)
> Kernel with preempt patch and mmx/3dnow! optimization crash randomly.
> Never had that (without preempt) during the last two years.

Oh, I did not remember you having problems with Athlon. I try to keep a
list of what problems are being had.

Are there any other configurations where you have problems?

> Thanks,
> Dieter

You are welcome; thank you for the feedback.

Before applying, note there are new patches at - a patch for 2.4.10-pre9 and a _new_ patch
for 2.4.9-ac10. These include everything (highmem, etc) except the
Athlon patch.

The problem with Athlon compiled kernels is that MMX/3DNow routines used
in the kernel are not preempt safe (but SMP safe, so I missed them).
This patch should correct it.

diff -urN linux-2.4.10-pre8/arch/i386/kernel/i387.c linux/arch/i386/kernel/i387.c
--- linux-2.4.10-pre8/arch/i386/kernel/i387.c Thu Sep 13 19:24:48 2001
+++ linux/arch/i386/kernel/i387.c Thu Sep 13 20:00:57 2001
@@ -10,6 +10,7 @@

#include <linux/config.h>
#include <linux/sched.h>
+#include <linux/spinlock.h>
#include <asm/processor.h>
#include <asm/i387.h>
#include <asm/math_emu.h>
@@ -65,6 +66,8 @@
struct task_struct *tsk = current;

+ ctx_sw_off();
if (tsk->flags & PF_USEDFPU) {
diff -urN linux-2.4.10-pre8/include/asm-i386/i387.h linux/include/asm-i386/i387.h
--- linux-2.4.10-pre8/include/asm-i386/i387.h Thu Sep 13 19:27:28 2001
+++ linux/include/asm-i386/i387.h Thu Sep 13 20:01:30 2001
@@ -12,6 +12,7 @@
#define __ASM_I386_I387_H

#include <linux/sched.h>
+#include <linux/spinlock.h>
#include <asm/processor.h>
#include <asm/sigcontext.h>
#include <asm/user.h>
@@ -24,7 +25,7 @@
extern void restore_fpu( struct task_struct *tsk );

extern void kernel_fpu_begin(void);
-#define kernel_fpu_end() stts()
+#define kernel_fpu_end() stts(); ctx_sw_on()

#define unlazy_fpu( tsk ) do { \

Robert M. Love
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